13 February 1916

Harrison Johnston, the 15th (Service) Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, 105th Infantry Brigade, 35th Division

We had a service this morning at 9-30 a.m. in my big barn (the main billet). It was a voluntary service for men of X and Y Companies, but I fear that my C.S.M. let the men think it would be a parade, or we should not have had such a full house. Most of my men were there, except R.C.s and Non-Comformists, who had separate services. Only one officer, one N.C.O. and two men came from Y.

Rev. G. Hunter (our Church of England Padre) came well up to time. He took up his position on the top of a threshing machine in the centre of the huge barn, and it made a fine pulpit. These machines are very common, and are worked buy a horse in the centre – doing the tread-mill business!

A lecture by the C.O. in the schoolroom at twelve noon on Map Reading. We have just received our special squared maps. They are excellent, and it is easy to describe points to 50 yards by the maps.

Have been busy writing returns and notes of various kinds, also censoring letters until now (4 p.m.). Just off to visit Z Company, and will have tea with Daddy Morgan and Coy.


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